A rising number of prisoners caught with extremist Islamist texts in UK jails is fuelling fears the prison system is becoming a hotbed of radicalisation.
Since June last year, there have been 56 cases of books identified as “containing extremist material” likely to present a threat to good order or national security being confiscated, according to Ministry of Justice records obtained by The Telegraph.
Just 12 books were recovered in the seven months between June and December 2016 – less than two a month. But, in the next 11 months, between January and October 2017, the number more than doubled to four a month, with 44 discovered.
Ian Acheson, a former prison governor who conducted a government review last year, told The Telegraph:
“Radicalisation in prison is a real and present danger which we have seen growing in scale. Purveyors of hateful ideologies will take full advantage of the ungoverned spaces in British jails.
“The prison service has an obligation to get a grip on this phenomenon and stop the hand-wringing political correctness that has prevented decisive action against extremism for so long.
“We simply cannot tolerate a situation where people go into prison as criminals and go out as converted terrorists.”…